All inclusive Highlights of Antarctica

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Experience the highlights of the Antarctica Continent; polar landscapes, glaciers, icebergs, penguins and other Antarctica wildlife on this all inclusive cruise package, flying from New Zealand or Australia.

Fly to Buenos Aires, where your adventure begins, soak up the local Latin American vibes in this funky city, often referred to as the Paris of South America. Join a charter flight to Ushuaia, where your expedition ship is waiting to take you to Antarctica. Using a battery hybrid powered propulsion system, your expedition vessel is specifically designed to take you to remote regions like Antarctica in comfort; with an onboard science centre, 3 restaurants, gym, wellness centre, large indoor and outdoor observation decks, infinity pool and hot tubs. All cabins onboard are outside cabins and over half of them have private balconies.

After crossing the Drake passage, five awe inspiring days will be spent in Antarctica, the peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, with plenty of time for shore landings on the frozen white continent. We explore the icy bays, looking for penguins colonies, seals, whales, sea birds and more. Explore by zodiac and get up close to wildlife, glaciers and more! Perhaps even opt to kayak or hike in Antarctica.

See the outstanding sights of Antarctica on this magical Highlights of the Antarctica expedition.

Viva's Best Bits...

Experience Antarctica with while sailing on a hybrid-powered expedition ship creates the lowest possible CO2 footprint.

Plenty of time to see the wildlife, enjoy time observing penguins and their antics! Zodiac cruise to see glaciers and icebergs, and shore landings!

"Everything is taken care of, so just relax and enjoy, including 5 full days in Antarctica, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1-2
From Australia or New Zealand Buenos Aires Arrival

After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

*Departure Cities: SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL

**flight times will be available approx 10 months prior, Business class upgrades can be quoted when flight schedules are available

Your flight from Australia or New Zealand takes you to Buenos Aires, where you'll have two overnight stays. Buenos Aires is the ideal way to start your Antarctic adventure. Home to a proud and diverse community of porteños, or ‘people of the port’, this city is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache. There are plenty of places to explore, including many parrillas serving authentic Argentine steak. Or maybe you’d like to practise your dance moves in the famous hometown of the tango. Why not consider arriving a few days early to see all this vibrant city has to offer, or explore the region on our optional Pre-Programme.

Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia

Your adventure begins with an early morning flight to Ushuaia, where you’ll meet our hybrid-powered expedition ship, specially designed for sustainable cruising in polar waters.

This bustling port is the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Martial Glacier, Ushuaia vies for the title of the world’s southernmost city.

After a briefing from your Expedition Team, you’ll have time to locate your cabin and explore the comforts and amenities on board.

Day 4-5
Drake Passage Crossing

On the two-day crossing through the Drake Passage, the Expedition Team will equip you with all you need to make the most of your polar expedition.

Visit the onboard Science Center and find out what lies ahead. Listen to experts talk passionately about Antarctica’s history, the science beneath the ice, and the impact of climate change and plastic pollution. You'll learn how to make your visit as safe and as low-impact as possible, and about the Citizen Science projects you can join.

There's plenty of time to relax, so unwind in the spa and wellness area, enjoy some delicious cuisine and meet fellow travellers in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Day 6-10
Explore Antarctica

Nothing prepares you for your first sight of Antarctica’s immense, frozen beauty. Surrounded by looming glaciers, and icebergs the size of floating cathedrals, Antarctica will fill you with wonder. Perhaps the most surprising part of Antarctica is the silence. It's a stillness that's broken every so often by the locals – the wildlife.

Whales begin to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. This is also when the first penguin chicks hatch and seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around is always a charming sight. February and March offer peak whale-watching opportunities, when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.

Here, nature is king, and we are mere observers. Our experienced Captain will continually monitor conditions to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure. Rest assured, each day will offer something different and thrilling. 

You'll join the Expedition Team on landings and ice-cruises, and may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs.

Back on board, the Expedition Team will continue their lectures, helping you grow in your insights of the frozen continent. Over five magical days, you'll experience this amazing world in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime

Day 11-12
Return to Ushuaia

After five incredible days, you’ll have experienced so much in Antarctica. Your head will likely be filled with a swirling kaleidoscope of special memories and impressions. The next couple of days will be a chance to reflect on your adventure to the seventh continent.

As your mind tries to conjure up the magical Antarctic scenery, now could be a good time to sift through your photos and videos to recapture a sense of its magnitude. Why not take the chance to unwind in the sauna, or enjoy a few relaxing spa treatments in the wellness area.

Day 13-15
Depart Buenos Aires Australia or New Zealand

Your expedition cruise ends in Ushuaia, the main city in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southernmost province. From here, you’ll take a flight back to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay. After breakfast the following day, you’ll be transferred to the airport in Buenos Aires to take your flight back to Australia or New Zealand. But that doesn’t have to be the end of your adventure. Why not join our optional Post-Programme before heading home.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 10 nights onboard your expedition vessel, cabin with ensuite
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 31 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Round-trip flights in economy class from selected cities in Australia or New Zealand to Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 20 Round-trip flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary Wi-Fi on board * please be aware in remote areas connection is limited
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included excursions
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Included Copy 20 Photography tips and techniques from our onboard professional photographer
  • Included Copy 20 Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Included Copy 20 No gratuities expected
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance, luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Optional shore excursions, wellness and spa treatments
Transportation

MS Fridtjof Nansen

500 in Antarctica (530) Passengers

MS Roald Amundsen

530 (500 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Explore massive glaciers, icebergs, and witness stunning polar landscape
  • Included Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities on board
  • Included Shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Zodiac cruising in Antarctica
  • Included Amazing wildlife opportunities, whale, seals, penguins and more!
  • Included Includes flights ex Australia and New Zealand *
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Duration

15 days

Price from

$11,028 USD

Per person, sharing

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